PWO Site Being Archived – Join us at Poverty Free Ontario

The Social Planning Network of Ontario wishes to give notice that this site Poverty Watch Ontario will now be archived and we encourage all regular and new visitors to go to our new web site – Poverty Free Ontario. Poverty Watch Ontario was set up in 2008 to monitor and report on activity in communities […]


Moving to a Poverty Free Ontario

The Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO) plans to launch an initiative to build cross-community support for a Poverty Free Ontario by the end of this decade. Social planning councils have a long history since the 1930s of advocating for low income people, whether welfare recipients or working poor. In recent years, the SPNO and […]


Root causes of inequality and poverty

Response to Toronto Star editorial Re: Welfare Reform: Breaking the cycle of poverty, Editorial, Dec. 4 In her announcement of the social assistance review, Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur unfortunately refers to reform that will “empower low-income Ontarians, including social assistance recipients, to break out of the cycle of poverty,” which the Star picked up […]

Media, News

Social Assistance Advisory Council Report’s Bold Vision for Tomorrow Does Not Put Food on the Table Today

TORONTO, June 14, 2010 /CNW The Social Assistance Review Advisory Council Report released Monday morning at Queen’s Park promotes a bold new vision for income security in the long run but is weak on what it asks the Ontario Government to do to help people on social assistance meet their basic daily living necessities now. […]

News, Put Food In The Budget

Endorse The Disability Declaration

The ODSP Action Coalition is requesting individuals and groups to endorse their Disability Declaration.  The Declaration sets out some of the rights that people with disabilities have according to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and then states what changes the Ontario government needs to make to ODSP to fulfil those […]